Young Red Fox at Den - Image 565748 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-14-19

  “Marsh Migrations 2019” – That’s A Wrap Already the 2019 Marsh Migrations season has ended. Tonight we had a half-dozen or so folks kayaking with us as we explored Sweet Marsh. The wildlife was elusive, but the paddling was nearly perfect. Conditions were cool (no bugs) with a manageable breeze and a beautiful evening …

Eared Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 564728 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-12-19

  Seen at Sweet Marsh During the daylight hours of Mother’s Day 2019 I made two trips to Sweet Marsh. During the early trip my emphasis was on warblers. The later trip, a kayaking trip hosted by Crawdaddy Outdoors, included observations of a variety of bird species. To see the pictures in a larger format …

Female Red-winged Blackbird in Cattails - Image 563002 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-4-19

  Spring Flora and Fauna Following a long night that included a several-hours long hazardous materials response followed immediately by a business fire of the same length of time meant I did not have an abundance of energy today. It wasn’t until after I had taken care of some projects at home that I finally …

Central Newt - Image 558787 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-23-19

  An Interesting Morning With Wildlife I had only a brief amount of time to spend with wildlife this morning. In that short amount of time I saw a variety of species. I think I made pretty good use of the time!                           …

Virginia Rail in Cattails at Sweet Marsh - Image 558426 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-22-19

  Earth Day Observations Before the Storm Early this morning I was out on the water to enjoy Earth Day 2019. With an impending storm  – brief, but with lightning – I did not know if I would see much wildlife at close range. About the only certainty would be American coots by the hundreds. …

Virginia Rail in Cattails at Sweet Marsh - Image 558259 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-21-19

  Predicting  – Soras, Virginia Rails, and A Little More Yesterday I mentioned to Kristy that I ought to visit Sweet Marsh today because I had a feeling I would be seeing (and hopefully photographing) soras and Virginia rails. Both are shorebirds that for the most part remain hidden in cattails. My hunch was 18-hours …

Red-tailed Hawk at Sweet Marsh - Image 557768 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-18-19

  From My Truck During a quick drive to Sweet Marsh today I saw many species of birds – most too far away to photograph. The species of interest were pied-billed grebes, northern shovelers, a “First of the Year” eastern phoebe, American white pelicans and a red-tailed hawk. Photo-worthy birds were the pelicans and the …

Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh - Image 557356 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-16-19

  Sorry, Just a Preview Today was a work-filled and photo-packed day. My evening hours included “Marsh Migration” paddling with twenty-three people. I simply ran out of time to post pictures. Instead ending my daily posting with no pictures, I will share a preview image from tonight’s kayak outing. Trust me, there are many more …

Male Hooded Merganser in Flight - Image 556081 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-11-19

  Still Here, Still Beautiful Birds Many days have passed since I last saw hooded mergansers. Knowing some stay in the area to nest, while others move north, it would not have surprised me to not see much of them anymore during this spring migration. Then today as I drove along a water filled ditch …

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555976 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-9-19

  Woodcock Surprise and a Tuesday Marsh Migrations Last night at dusk I went out to photograph American woodcocks again. My effort was modified to allow me more flexibility to find and photograph the elusive birds in near total darkness. The process paid off when I was able to not only shoot pictures of an …